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Lucky Starr Alpacas

Home Grown and Family Owned

Darlene and Steve Woodhurst
1250 Grange Hall RoadCentreville, MD 21617

Monday, March 9, 2020

It's that time of year again! Fly Time

Well, the weather is getting warmer and spring is in the air. The flies are itching to lay their larvae and increase the pesky fly population.

I have signed up for the fly predators again, as last year they made a huge difference. I am in pasture maintenance mode now, vowing to clean any poo out there and get up the decaying leaves and other vegetable matter that would attract flies to lay their larvae there.

Not an easy task, especially without any farm equipment, rememb read more...

Monday, May 13, 2019

A new approach to Battling the Pesky Flies 2019

New Approach To Battling Flies around Livestock:

This year in 2019, I have decided to add another approach to keeping the fly population down, and under control.

I have been reading about "Fly Predators" for a while now, and this year I decided to try them out. I ordered them from https://www.spalding-labs.com/.

I also ordered their all natural essential oil "Bye Bye Insects", spray, for spraying down the girls with.

Care should be taken to not spray t

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Battling the pesky Fly issue on our farm

I have found that one of my bigger issues in having livestock is keeping my girls free from the pesky flies.

We have had our girls in our pastures for 4 years now, and I believe I have finally figured out what works in most cases for my situation. Obviously keeping the manure cleaned up is a given, but also treating the areas where the urine and manure were helps.

In my case, I only have three, and realize this won't be practical for those with larger herds, but if you a read more...